A 90-year-old woman with dementia who went missing has a dog’s nose to thank for helping to save her life.
The woman, Loudell Hubbard, wandered from her Birmingham, Alabama home, and remained missing for 12 hours. The police department was contacted, and that’s when an intensive search to find the woman began.
Along with officers Richard Wright and Dustin Brock, of the Birmingham Police SRT K9 Unit, K9 Saby led them right to the missing woman.
She was found in a creek bed where she slept on her purse all night.
“The same time Richard came around the corner Saby was pulling me towards the creek. I come around and she was laying in the creek,” Brock told WJLA News.
The woman did not have her cane, fell into the creek, and was unable to get out to dry land. Hubbard’s dementia prevented her from remembering the nearly two-mile walk she took to the creek bed.
Family and friends are elated to have Hubbard back home, and K9 Saby is credited with finding the missing woman. With no broken bones and just a few bruises, Hubbard is recovering at a nearby hospital.
Way to go, K9 Saby!
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The shopper was Laura Joos. Because the child was striking her service dog, Joos could have been killed. She relies on the animal to help keep her safe while she is out in public. Now she’s hitting back at the mother of the child who let the little one abuse the dog.
Laura was shopping at her neighborhood Walmart with her service dog when the offending mother toting three kids along with her headed straight toward Laura. Immediately, Laura got a bad feeling about the mother and her three kids. They were grinning at her and rushing toward her as if her dog was an exhibit as a petting zoo.
Laura didn’t mind if the kids pet her dog even if they shouldn’t. Because the dog was “on the job,” petting it can distract it from the mission at hand. However, Laura was quickly proven wrong when the children started smacking the dog right there in front of their mother.
Before she could tell them to stop, the mother and three children fled the scene. Now Laura Joos is airing her frustrations about her fellow Walmart shoppers on social media.
She hopes her words reach that irresponsible mother and anyone else who ever comes into contact with a service animal.
Laura is right. Service dogs are working when they’re out in public. Although they may be adorable – most pooches are – these ones should not be distracted, or they could put the lives of their owners at risk.
When Laura asked the mother to stop her kids, the mom struck her by saying, “Excuse you!”
Laura managed to teach the mother a lesson.
“Yes, excuse me. Excuse me for expecting you as an adult to teach the children you are raising to be respectful of disabled individuals.”
Laura relies on her dog to stay alive.
“Five minutes before I saw you, I got an alert from my dog. My heart rate was steadily climbing, my chest was becoming tight. My vision was becoming fuzzy. I felt like I was underwater.”
Because the bad child hit her dog, Laura missed a second alert and almost died.
“Luckily your kids didn’t have to see some woman hit the ground.”
If you ever see a service dog in public, respect the fact that it is on the job.